This is not the first time critics have called foul over a head-to-head meeting involving BCS contenders. In 2000, the BCS selected Florida State to play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
The Seminoles were 10-1 and ranked No. 2 in the BCS. Miami was 10-1 and ranked No. 3. Washington was 10-1 and ranked No. 4. Trouble was, earlier that year, Miami beat Florida State 27-24 and Washington beat Miami 34-29. Washington lost to Oregon. Down the stretch, the polls settled on Miami, Florida State and Washington ranked 2-3-4. But the computers lifted Florida State ahead of Miami. The correlation between 2000 and 2008 is not perfect. In ’08, Texas beat Oklahoma, OU beat Texas Tech and Tech beat Texas, creating a three-way tie for the Big 12 South Division title.